I found a really cool play-place the other day through a friend. She's a lapsed Catholic, but not interested in organized religion, and the first thing she told me was "This place is run by a church, but they won't proselytize." I cringed, but we're so damned bored with the regular places and it was so cold, so I decided we'd bite the bullet.
I joked with a non-theist friend that if she heard about a mom with a child being struck by lightning, she should go ahead and repent, but otherwise, we were golden. Then I packed up the kid and off we went.
And it was cool. This place was fun. And it was free. And they had a cool little cafe with delicious coffee and cheap lunches and the proceeds went to building wells in Africa. And they had free clinics on the third Sunday of every month at which people could come and get their eyes and teeth checked, have a hot meal and get a little prayer if they wanted. And I thought "If all Christians were like this, I might not have become disillusioned with religion." That disillusionment which led to questions and more disillusionment, which led to my break with belief.
I thought wistfully of my Sunday School days with the community, the singing, the pretty dresses and the going out to lunch afterwards, and I felt kind of sad that my daughter would never experience those things. I mean, she's lucky to be missing out on the indoctrination, but she's missing the community of like-minded people. And that makes me a little sad. Maybe I should create a church. The tax breaks would come in handy.